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by (@McBeardo)

Leather, Denim, & Skinny Ties: The Top 10 Heavy Metal Covers of Classic New Wave Songs

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While danceable, punk-rooted new wave music came to (temporarily) dominate rock at the end of the 1970s and into the dawn of the ’80s, heavy metal simultaneously experienced its own similar rebirth, reimagining, and renaissance. The two paths crossed most noticeably at the time over in the UK, where a new form of “heavy metal played with punk attitude” was dubbed the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).

In that case, however, the “New Wave” descriptor was meant to suggest fresh ideas and bold leaps forward more than it might suggest any kind of direct musical connection shared by Devo, Gary Numan, and the Human League on one hand, and Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Witchfinder General on the other.

Still, new wave and metal have, in fact, directly merged by way of cover versions of art-pop hits being covered by hard-and-heavy artists who happen to unabashed fans. Here now are our picks for the Top 10 heavy metal covers of classic new wave songs.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Sneak Peek This Week’s ‘That Metal Show’ With Billy Corgan, Chris Jericho, Max Cavalera + Rich Ward

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This Saturday That Metal Show is comin’ atcha on VH1 Classic, so get ready to crank the volume. See what happens when the boys catch up with Billy Corgan, Chris Jericho of Fozzy, Max Cavalera of Soulfly and Rich Ward.

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by (@Bosnaud)

Live From The Strip: 8 Rappers Who Should Take Their Act To Vegas

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The Las Vegas Strip has been home to music’s biggest names for decades. Legendary names like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Liberace and many more helped turn a pocket in the middle of the desert into one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Most recently, names like Mariah Carey and Britney Spears have both taken up full-time on the strip.

Proving that even though an artist isn’t churning out the hits as they once did, doesn’t mean their isn’t legions of fans still willing to pay see them do their thing. But where are all the hip-hop residencies?

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The Decibel Tour Kicks Off In LA With At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, + Vallenfyre

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-By Doc Coyle

I have a love/hate relationship with Decibel Magazine. In their early days, they afforded God Forbid, my ex-band, one of our first and only magazine cover stories. Since then, Decibel found their niche, and their direction crystalized to focus on the crusty, dank world of the extreme underground. In the 10 plus years since their inception, my tastes have diverged over ground, and I would often quizzically look at their Top 40 albums of a particular year not knowing half the bands, feeling it was maybe caked with pretense informed by the Hipster-ization of the Metal world. (My ignorance may have been mostly to blame). With that said, I have always respected their stance and recognize their stature as the preeminent authority on Grindcore, Noise, Sludge, Doom, Black Metal, Death Metal, Stoner Rock, Post Metal, and everything in between. The line-up for this year’s tour was perfectly curated to reflect the magazine’s taste with At The Gates, Pallbearer, and Vallenfyre all landing the top 10 of 2014’s Top 40 list and Converge topping 2012’s list.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Richie Sambora Allegedly Threatened To Kill His Girlfriend + ‘Bury’ Her In The Desert

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Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is under questioning for allegedly threatening to kill his long-time girlfriend, fashion designer Nikki Lund. The death threats came a day after the launch of her clothing line on March 18th, when the 55-year-old rock legend apparently told her he would “dig a hole in the desert and bury” her following a vicious telephone argument.

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